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  • Jusuf Nurkic (rest) withheld from practice
    Jusuf Nurkic (rest) was withheld from competing in Thursday's practice for precautionary reasons.

    Advice: Malik Beasley (leg) and Jamal Murray also joined Nurkic on the sidelines for precautionary reasons during Thursday's practice. Nurkic is obviously going to be brought along with extreme caution in Denver after spending a majority of the 2015-16 season rehabbing from knee surgery, although he did have a nice showing during the EuroBasket tournament this summer, compiling averages of 19.2 points, 13.5 boards, 1.0 steal and 1.0 block per game while playing 29.4 minutes a night. He's a high-upside, late-round target. 51 minutes ago
  • Spurs waive F Ryan Richards
    Spurs waive F Ryan Richards.

    Advice: Richards had been a camp invite, but will end up being an early roster casualty. The Spurs are now down to 19 players and have an open roster spot. Richards will likely head to the D-League (or overseas) and won't have any fantasy value in 2016-17. Today, 8:59 am
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  • Mike Malone happy to have Darrell Arthur back
    Nuggets head coach Mike Malone is happy that Darrell Arthur re-signed with the Nuggets.

    Advice: Arthur could have likely got a few more dollars elsewhere, but re-signed with the Warriors due to his comfort with the team. He’s a guy that loves Denver," Malone said. "He wants to be here. Free agency came around, he told his agents ‘Listen, get it done with Denver. I don’t even want to talk to anybody else.’ He left millions of dollars on the table because he believes in what we’re doing. That makes you feel really good because Darrell Arthur is about all the right things." Arthur is stuck in a crowded Nuggets frontcourt and is only worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues at the moment. Today, 7:51 am
  • David Lee looking to fit in with Spurs
    David Lee is looking to contribute to the Spurs in whatever way he can.

    Advice: Lee is joining the Spurs on a two-year deal for the veteran minimum and knows he'll be more of a role player with San Antonio. "I’m not coming here saying, ‘LaMarcus better watch out, I’m taking his spot,’" Lee said. "Those two guys [Aldridge and Gasol] are established All-Stars. I want to come in here and whatever minutes I’m given, I’m going to play them with energy." Lee won't be worth much in standard fantasy leagues, but he could have some good DFS nights when the Spurs rest players. Today, 6:58 am
  • Joel Embiid looks rusty in Sixers' scrimmage
    Joel Embiid admitted after Wednesday's scrimmage that he is rusty and "it's going to take time" before he's fully comfortable at game-speed.

    Advice: "Everything is kind of off right now as far as catching the ball and shooting," Embiid said. "I've still got to get in the flow of the game." Sixers coach Brett Brown has been raving about Embiid, particularly his potential to anchor the defense, and he didn't sound worried about the inevitable rust on display during training camp. It's uncertain who will be starting at center on opening night, but Embiid remains an intriguing late-round fantasy target. Yesterday, 7:18 pm
  • 76ers want Joel Embiid to be the crown jewel?
    Coach Brett Brown said the 76ers want to grow Joel Embiid to understand he's "the crown jewel" and "the centerpiece of our defense."

    Advice: Hype train at full steam? Interestingly, Embiid ran some minutes with some of the first-unit guys during practice on Wednesday, so he might even start for the 76ers. He's going to be limited and won't play in back-to-backs, but he's certainly worthy of a late-round pick. Yesterday, 12:18 pm
  • Brown says Embiid looks good at practice
    Brett Brown said that Joel Embiid looked "particularly good" during Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: "I think Joel continues to impress," said Brown. "We're finding new ways to use him everyday." Interestingly, Brown put together a first unit of Jerryd Bayless, Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Ben Simmons and Embiid for Wednesday's scrimmage, so he's at least toying with the idea of putting Saric and Embiid into the starting lineup. Additionally, Embiid said he practiced without a minutes restrictions on Wednesday, although the 76ers have made it clear that they will be strictly monitoring his workload his rookie season, thus capping Embiid's upside. Yesterday, 11:08 am
  • Alvin Gentry not set on starting Omer Asik
    Alvin Gentry said that he's not set on starting a true center next to Anthony Davis each game this year.

    Advice: With how awful Omer Asik has been during his time in New Orleans, it's not surprising at all to hear Gentry make this sort of statement. Gentry said that he'd consider starting Davis at the five spot for certain matchups, which could result in Terrence Jones earning some extended minutes as the Pelicans' starting PF. Jones is coming off a down-year, but he offers a decent amount of upside and is worth a late-round pick on draft day. The same cannot be said for Asik, who isn't really worth drafting anywhere. Yesterday, 10:05 am
  • McRoberts dealing w/ stress reaction in foot
    Josh McRoberts revealed on Wednesday that he's dealing with a stress reaction in his left foot stemming from a fracture he sustained during Game 6 of Miami's second-round series against Toronto.

    Advice: The Heat have a massive hole to fill at the power forward position with Chris Bosh's (blood clots) tenure in Miami likely reaching its conclusion, but as per usual, the injured McRoberts won't be able to help much. Once he is healthy, he'll be competing for minutes with the likes of Derrick Williams, James Johnson, Justise Winslow and Udonis Haslem, so it'll be tough for him to see the floor enough to make a difference in standard settings. Yesterday, 9:24 am
  • Joel Embiid confident entering rookie season
    Joel Embiid said that he feels like he's the best player out there when he takes the basketball court.

    Advice: "I feel like I’m the best player on the floor," he said following Tuesday morning's 25-minute workout. "So I’m just going to do my job on the floor. I’m just going to do what coach [Brett Brown] wants me to do: Be a defensive piece, and when I’m needed to be a scorer, I’m going to be that." The upside here is palpable, although Embiid will more than likely be brought along very slowly after spending the first two years of his career on the sidelines. He could, however, have a strong finish once Philly finds a trade partner for either Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor, making him a worthwhile late-round gamble. Yesterday, 8:09 am
  • Joffrey Lauvergne (eye) leaves practice early
    Joffrey Lauvergne exited Tuesday's scrimmage after being poked in the eye.

    Advice: We'll go ahead and throw Lauvergne on the injury report for now, but it would be shocking to see this to turn into an issue that impacts his status for opening night. Lauvergne is going to be fighting for minutes with the likes of Enes Kanter, Domatas Sabonis and Ersan Ilyasova this season, so it'll be extremely tough for him to earn enough minutes to make a difference in most settings. Yesterday, 6:45 am
  • Josh McRoberts limited with a foot injury
    Josh McRoberts was limited at the opening day of camp due to a foot injury.

    Advice: The guy just can't seem to stay healthy. The Heat have a huge hole at power forward due to the uncertainty around Chris Bosh, but McRoberts isn't off to a great start. For now, Derrick Williams, James Johnson, Udonis Haslem and Luke Babbitt will compete for minutes at the four, while Justise Winslow should spend some time there as well. Tuesday, 11:04 pm
  • Joel Embiid felt 'great' at first day of camp
    Joel Embiid (foot) said he felt "great" during the first day of training camp.

    Advice: Embiid was battling a flu virus on Monday night and wasn't expected to practice on Tuesday, but he showed up and gave it a go anyways. "I'm feeling great," Embiid said. "I'm a little disappointed that I missed the beginning, that I didn't get a chance to play. But I went up and back a couple of times and it felt great." Embiid put in about 25 minutes of work and participated in a "controlled" scrimmage, so this was a huge step forward for the intriguing big man. After two years of sitting on the sidelines, things are finally starting to look up for Embiid and his upside makes him worth the gamble late in drafts. Tuesday, 9:47 pm
  • Festus Ezeli (knee) limited at practice Tues
    Festuz Ezeli (knee) did some light shooting during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Ezeli is still in recovering from a procedure that was performed on his surgically repaired left knee this offseason, and he's currently without an official timetable to return. Once he does get back to the court, he'll play limited minutes behind Mason Plumlee, so there's no reason to invest in Ezeli in most formats. Tuesday, 3:42 pm
  • Cody Zeller (knee) not cleared for contact
    Cody Zeller (bone bruise in right knee) was withheld from the contact portions of Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Zeller suffered the bone bruise back in April during Charlotte's postseason run, but it would be surprising to see this issue linger into the regular season. Zeller will likely be locked into a timeshare at the five-spot with Roy Hibbert, making him an unattractive asset in most formats. Tuesday, 2:39 pm
  • Kupchak says Jianlian has to earn his spot
    Mitch Kupchak said that while Yi Jianlian has NBA size, athleticism and skill, he'll still need to "earn his way" onto the Lakers' team.

    Advice: While Jianlian signed for $8 million, only $250,000 of that contract is guaranteed, so there's still a chance that he could be cut prior to the regular-season opener. Even if he does make the squad, Jianlian won't be worth drafting in most leagues. Tuesday, 1:19 pm
  • Kupchak says Ivica Zubac won't play much
    Mitch Kupchak said he didn't anticipate Ivica Zubac earning much playing time during his rookie season.

    Advice: Zubac is the third-string center on the Lakers depth chart behind Timofey Mozgov and Tarik Black, so Kupchak is right in assuming he won't be a regular part of the rotation early on. Tuesday, 12:52 pm
  • Meyers Leonard (shoulder) does 3-on-3 drills
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder surgery) participated in 3-on-3 drills during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Leonard was reportedly moving around well during Tuesday's practice, so it appears that he is indeed ahead of schedule in his recovery from shoulder surgery. That being said, Leonard will be competing for minutes with the likes of Al-Farouq Aminu, Moe Harkless and Noah Vonleh this upcoming season, and after a disappointing 2015-16 campaign, it's tough to justify taking Leonard with anything more than a late-round selection in deep leagues. Tuesday, 12:37 pm
  • Bobby Portis working to extend his range
    Fred Hoiberg said that Bobby Portis spent time this offseason working to extend his range.

    Advice: With a backcourt featuring Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo and Jimmy Butler, getting another shooter on the floor going to be paramount for the Bulls this season. During his rookie year, Portis shot just 42.7 percent from the field, and only managed to connect on 25.0 percent of his attempts from 10-15 feet out, so it's nice to hear he's focused on improving that aspect of his game. However, as long as Nikola Mirotic and Taj Gibson are on the team, Portis' upside will be capped. Tuesday, 11:44 am
  • Josh McRoberts to take a leadership role
    Josh McRoberts said he'll need to take more of a leadership role with the Heat this season.

    Advice: With Dwyane Wade in Chicago and Chris Bosh's health a question mark, McRoberts will be one of the more tenured players on Miami's roster this season. "I need to step in, be more vocal, be a leader," he said. "We still got UD [Udonis Haslem], we got Beno (Udrih), Josh McRoberts. We still got some experienced guys that I think is a good mix with the young guys." While McRoberts doesn't have the highest upside, he should see plenty of minutes while Bosh is out and is worth a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 7:59 am
  • Meyers Leonard cleared for 5-on-5 on Oct. 8
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder) said he is ahead of schedule on his shoulder rehab and expects to be cleared for 5-on-5 on Oct. 8.

    Advice: He said his shoulder feels "great" and his surgeon was impressed with his range of motion. Leonard said he's still going to have to get in better shape before he's cleared and will have to adjust to the contact coming to his shoulder. He had a massive opportunity last year and it didn't work out, so he's really just a late-round lottery ticket in most leagues. Monday, 7:00 pm
  • Iggy says McGee has high basketball IQ
    Andre Iguodala said JaVale McGee's basketball IQ is "really high."

    Advice: "Shaqtin A Fool has given him a very bad label," Iguodala said. Perhaps McGee's biggest claims to fame include running to the defensive end while an offensive possession is still going on, missing breakaway dunks, having inbounds violations, and turning the ball over in hilarious fashion. Jokes aside, McGee has a chance to make the Warriors. Monday, 3:37 pm
  • Malone hints Nurkic & Jokic can play together
    Coach Mike Malone said the Nuggets "have two young bigs that can play together."

    Advice: In other words, it sounds like he's open to playing Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic together. In the last 11 games, Jokic played 12 percent of his minutes next to Nurkic. What's more, that combo had a positive net rating and looked good against bigger teams. While the Nuggets aren't likely to unleash Nurkic due to his injury history, his per-minute output makes him a very intriguing pick in the later rounds after the reliable bigs come off the board. Monday, 10:32 am
  • Hornets' lineup is set except for center
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that his starting lineup is set except for the center position.

    Advice: Cody Zeller and Roy Hibbert will compete for the starting role, but Clifford simply said that they will both "play a lot." Neither player has much upside and Hibbert has been a ghost for the past two years, so a potential timeshare won't help. This is a situation that most fantasy owners will want to ignore. In case it needs to be said, Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams are the confirmed starters at 1-4. Monday, 10:13 am
  • Darrell Arthur hoping to be cleared soon
    Darrell Arthur (knee) said that he's hoping to be available for full practice about "midway" through training camp.

    Advice: The Nuggets are loaded with frontcourt depth, but Arthur will likely have a role this season as one of Mike Malone's favorite players. Kenneth Faried may only see around 26 minutes per game and isn't a lock to start, so Arthur should at least see minutes in the teens -- his role hinges on how much time Nikola Jokic spends at the four next to Jusuf Nurkic. Arthur is only worth a look in deeper leagues for now, but that will change if he outplays Faried. Monday, 9:47 am
  • Joel Embiid will not play in back-to-backs
    Jerry Colangelo confirmed that Joel Embiid will not play both games of back-to-back sets this season.

    Advice: This was the expectation all along, as the 76ers aren't going to push Embiid after he sat out two full seasons. Colangelo wouldn't say if Embiid would play in the 76ers' first preseason game on Oct. 4, but his status should be updated after the first day of camp. The 76ers will more than likely try to trade either Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel, but we're still not expecting a major workload for Embiid right out of the gate. His massive upside makes him a worth a late-round pick, though. Monday, 9:12 am
  • Ivica Zubac putting on muscle quickly
    Lakers strength coach Tim DiFrancesco said Ivica Zubac has "already added some muscle fairly quickly."

    Advice: Rookie Muscle Watch is on. DiFrancesco added plenty of positives on the Croatian big man, saying he's a fast learner and has very good movement for a guy his size. Zubac showed some impressive shot blocking at Summer League to go with some offensive skills. It's not too crazy to think the second-round pick gets minutes this season. Saturday, 6:56 pm
  • Festus Ezeli (knee) has no timeline to return
    Festus Ezeli (knee) has no timeline to return to action.

    Advice: "I personally don't have a timeline," he said. "I'm taking it day by day because when it comes to this situation, you never go with a timeline. It will frustrate me if I go by a timeline. I just try to take it by how I feel so hopefully sometime soon I can get back on the court and start playing again." The big man did say that his knee is "getting better," but "it's gonna take a little bit for me to get to where I'm a 100 percent." The ongoing knee issues helps to explain why Ezeli's free agent market didn't develop like so many anticipated, and it's currently unclear when he may be able to get onto the court for his new team. As a result, Portland will be forced to lean a little harder on Mason Plumlee and Ed Davis. Saturday, 11:47 am
  • Asik hoping to bounce back this year
    Omer Asik said he's hoping to bounce back after dealing with back, calf and ankle issues last season.

    Advice: "I just kept playing through things," Asik said. "But injuries just happened over and over. That’s why I tried to focus on getting stronger, so I won’t face those problems again. I worked all summer to get healthy. Right now, I’m feeling great, much better than last year." He was brutal last season to put it nicely, and it's possible he could lose his starting job to Alexis Ajinca. The Pelicans would also be wise to use Anthony Davis at center in smaller lineups, so Asik will need a tremendous camp in order to hold onto his role. Don't draft him. Saturday, 9:10 am
  • Darrell Arthur still not 100 percent
    Darrell Arthur (knee) is expected to be brought along slowly in training camp.

    Advice: He had a knee scope a few weeks ago, so the Nuggets will keep restrictions on him for drills. Arthur has been injury-prone in his career with a slew of leg injuries, including knee injuries in December and April last season. Obviously, there's no need to rush him along with all of Denver's depth up front. Coach Mike Malone likes Arthur more than many expected, but he won't have much fantasy value. Thursday, 6:46 pm
  • Festus Ezeli confirms he's won't be ready
    Festus Ezeli (knee) said he's disappointed he won't be ready to play at the beginning of training camp.

    Advice: The former Warrior did add he expects to be ready soon after. Ezeli had his left knee injected with bone marrow aspirate concentrate on Aug. 23 and was expected to miss six weeks, so he should be ready before the middle of October. He's still only going to be a backup for the Blazers this season. Thursday, 6:27 pm
  • JaVale McGee has 'real chance' at roster spot
    Steve Kerr said that JaVale McGee "has a real chance" to make the Warriors' roster this season.

    Advice: "We'll see how he plays in camp," Kerr said. "But he comes highly recommended by Andre [Iguodala] ... He’s playing with a talented group of players and a really good environment … in which there’s nobody like him on the roster." Even if McGee does make the roster, he's a dubious fantasy option with Zaza Pachulia, Draymond Green and Anderson Varejao all in the mix for center minutes. Wednesday, 4:11 pm
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